According to SITA (the company that tracks lost baggage performance) an estimated 21.8 million bags were mishandled in 2013 - that's almost seven items for every 1,000 passengers. It could be worse though - in 2007, the airline industry's worst year for misplaced baggage, 46.9 million bags went missing.
We decided to extend our stay by one day in Cairo to be able to go to the Pyramids. The next morning we departed for Aswan, which was our departure airport for customs and we needed to buy enough Avgas (aviation gasoline) to cross the Arabian Desert on our way to Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates, where we have some dear friends that we were staying with.
The mission itself is simple - run through the acrobatic tricks on display in the new Disney Pixar animation Planes. We are drawn to the skies. They are places of mystery, and we set out to explore, casting danger aside. It's what human beings do. And also, Biggles.